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100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor warns veterans not to act as mob against radicals

Jonathan BruntMay 21, 2019

Returning World War I soldiers warned the Spokane City Council that they would use violence to stop “the speeches of radicals in Spokane who are insulting the flag and American soldiers.”

Kenneth I. Hall, of the Sons of Democracy, addressed the council for 15 minutes.

“We men who have fought in France and have seen our comrades shot down can not stand to hear the flag insulted and our uniform sneered at by these radicals,” Hall told the council.

He said that if the city didn’t stop the speeches, the 700 men in his group might “take the matter in their own hands.”

Spokane’s mayor, however, told the men that the radicals had free speech rights.

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